Diplomatic Ties the Late President of Somaliland Egal Established with Eritrea


The late president of Somaliland Mr.Mohammed Haji Ibrahim Egal upon his election in 1993 his embarked on a diplomatic adventure to initiate friendship with all countries in the Horn of Africa region. His first foreign trip abroad was Kenya whereby he had close relationship with the then president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi and his second was in Eritrea. On his return from Kenya president Egal touched down in Asmara where he was accorded a red carpet invitation at the airport and was received in person by president of Eritrea H.E Isaias Afawerki.

President Egal was accompanied by some members of his cabinet. In his Eritrean visit Mr.Egal scored diplomatic success after initiating bilateral relationship between Somaliland and Eritrea.

He then received official invitation from the Federal Government of Ethiopia from the late PM Meles Zenawi.

When Addis Ababa and Asmara went to war the late president Egal tried to mediate between the two countries taking advantage of his good rapport with the leaders of two countries. He played the diplomatic card hence he immediately sent letters to PM Meles and Afawerki.

The countries in the Horn of Africa then exerted pressure on Asmara. President Egal sent to Asmara a two man delegation which was led by his foreign minister and the minster in the office of the president Mr.Salaah Nuur Fagadhe and Abdullah Mohammed Dua’le respectively.

The delegation carried a letter from president Egal addressed to the president of Eritrea Mr.Isias Afawerki and the content of the letter stated that Somaliland was ready to mediate between the two countries.

Nevertheless there was a diplomatic relation the late president Egal contacted Eritrea even though things went south when the situation in the Horn of Africa changed.

At present the situation in the Horn of Africa has changed and Eritrea and Ethiopia have buried their hatchet the question that now lingers in our head is does the current Somaliland president H.E Musa Bihi Abdi have a plan to restore the diplomatic relationship Somaliland once enjoyed with Eritrea that was scattered by the winds of animosity?



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